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Chinese drug regulator vows to fix vaccine distribution loopholes
2016-03-24 10:22:00 xinhuanet.com

A senior Chinese drug regulator stressed strict measures to fix the loopholes in the country's vaccine distribution system on Mar. 23.

 

Shandong police announced last month that they had arrested a mother and daughter suspected of illegally selling improperly stored or expired vaccines worth more than 570 million yuan (88 million U.S. dollars), involving 20 provincial-level regions since 2011.

 

The scandal has revealed problems in the distribution of vaccines, said Wu Zhen, deputy head of China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), while attending the Boao Forum for Asia in south China's Hainan Province.

 

The CFDA is working with law enforcement authorities to thoroughly investigate the scandal and ensure the safety of vaccines, Wu said.

 

Wu vowed to identify and fix loopholes, severely punish wrongdoers and publicize information in a timely manner. Vaccines are generally well-managed in China through rules for distribution and use, he added.

 

The China Food and Drug Administration said on Mar. 22 that it has given local authorities until Mar. 25 to find out who bought the mishandled vaccines.

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